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Paula Stafford, Henry Talbot and Spike Milligan

Guest bloggers: Nadia Buick and Madeleine King from The Fashion Archives Paula Stafford—the Gold Coast fashion designer responsible for introducing the bikini to our beaches in the mid 20th century, and putting Queensland fashion on a global stage—was an impressive record keeper, with seemingly every new business venture, every new ad campaign, and every new swimsuit [...]

The Suburb of Daisy Hill, Brisbane

  Daisy Hill, a suburb of Logan City, is situated 22 km south-east of the centre of Brisbane. The Dennis family were the first European settlers in Daisy Hill. They arrived in Australia from Cornwall on the ‘Flying Cloud’ in 1864. James Dennis married Mary Ann Markwell, whose family came to Australia on the ship [...]

Queensland Places – Shipping via Torres Strait – The Queensland Line

As Queensland continued to develop through the last quarter of the nineteenth century, there was a growing need for efficient and regular access, via shipping, to overseas markets. In 1880, as a means of ensuring stable and regular shipping to Queensland, the government entered into an agreement with the British-India Steam Navigation Company for a [...]

Accession M 1750: Jules Guerassimoff Cutting Books

This interesting accession contains two large scrapbooks with press cuttings and photographs about Jules Guerassimoff’s rugby career with the Wallabies, including newspaper articles about tours to South Africa (1963), New Zealand (1964), England, France and Canada (1966-1967). Show More Summary

Building Costs for the Julius Street Flats at New Farm

In a year when there has been much interest in Queensland architecture and of house design and building costs in Brisbane. It is interesting to find a time capsule for the 1930’s in the State Library of Queensland’s collections. The Julius Street flats at New Farm, was heritage listed in 1997 and built by E.W. [...]

John Henry Paul Berthon Photograph Albums and Sketchbook Digitised @SLQ

In April this year the John Oxley Library was fortunate to receive a wonderful donation of two photograph albums and a sketchbook compiled by a young Welsh engineer who arrived in Australia in the mid 1880?s to work on railway projects in central and northern Queensland.  John Henry Paul Berthon was a man of many [...]

NPA Cultural Festival

Many Cultures One Spirit was the theme for the recent Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Cultural Festival. This inaugural event was hosted by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) and drew together participants from the Torres Strait and Cape York as well as the local communities. The program celebrated the diverse cultures across the five communities of the [...]

Ludwig Leichhardt III Visits The John Oxley Library

On Wednesday, 15th October, the John Oxley Library, had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Mr Ludwig Leichhardt from Berlin.  Ludwig Leichhardt III is the great-great-grand-nephew of the famous 19th century explorer and naturalist who disappeared in Australia in 1848.  Mr Leichhardt, a retired engineer, has been fascinated by his famous forebear since his [...]

UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

On October 27, the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated internationally to raise awareness of the need to preserve audiovisual assets in our collections for current and future generations. The theme for this year is “Archives at Risk: Much More to Do”. Visit the official website to see how collecting institutions around the world [...]

Queensland Places – Somerset – Henry Marjoribanks Chester

Henry Marjoribanks Chester is prominent in the history of the Torres Strait region by virtue of his having been one of the Police Magistrates at Somerset.  Henry Chester was born in 1832 in England and immigrated to Queensland in 1864, where he worked for a time in the Union Bank of Australia.  He was then [...]

Location location location : real estate then and now

Guest Blogger: Sarah Beirne – Fieldwork Student Selling real estate in Queensland has always been big business and stirring interest among potential investors not only requires a hot location but also a fine command of the English language. A veritable plethora of examples can be discovered while perusing the various estate maps and real estate [...]

Queensland Places – Somerset – Part Two

The strategic former port of Somerset was established at the tip of Cape York in 1864, backed by grand visions of protecting shipping and trade in the area as well as acting as a beacon of British power and prestige.  However, despite some successes, Somerset failed to fully achieve its original aims, and only operated [...]

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

On the 26th September, CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright announced four Fellowships as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorations. The announcement was made at the Serving Country Forum. The four fellowships valued at $15,000 each are on offer in 2014 to fund research projects relating to Queensland’s role [...]

Modern Queensland design

On 23 September, as part of the Night in the John Oxley Library series and in conjunction with the Hot Modernism exhibition, Robert Riddel and Eddie Codd joined Ian Townsend for a discussion on modern design in Queensland. The night’s discussions ranged from reminiscences of seminal design businesses West’s Furniture and the Craftsman’s Market, reflections [...]

James Birrell in Hot Modernism

James Birrell is one of the architects prominently featured in Hot Modernism. A range of his buildings, from the Centenary Pool in Spring Hill, through to the Jame Cook University Library in Townsville, are included in the exhibition, which concludes on 12 October 2014. Mr Birrell’s remarkable career is reflected in many of the show’s [...]

New acquisition – List of Motor Owners in Queensland

State Library is pleased to announce the addition of a rare book to the John Oxley Library collection: List of Motor owners in Queensland. Names, addresses, make of cars 1923.  Alphabetically and numerically arranged together with List of Motor Garages in Queensland. Publisher – A. Hardman Knight [Main Roads Board of Queensland] c1923 Link to Online: [...]

Queensland Places – Somerset – Part One

The former port of Somerset, at the tip of Cape York, was formally established in August 1864, for predominantly strategic reasons related to the protection of shipping as well as trade.  In this article we briefly discuss the initial establishment of Somerset with the next article looking at its operations as well as why it [...]

Housing a growing state

During WWII, the Federal Government introduced restrictions on the building and renovation of homes in Australia. A shortage in building materials and labour made development during the war a limited exercise. The increase in post-war population put further strain on the nation’s housing infrastructure. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Sweers Island

Sweers Island is located to the east of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.  The island was named in 1802 by Matthew Flinders during his voyage of circumnavigation, in honour of Cornelius Sweers, one of the councillors of Batavia, who had originally authorised Abel Tasman’s journey of 1644.  Tasman had been sent by the [...]

Karl Langer Architectural Plans

Karl Langer, architect, town planner, and landscape architect was one of the most influential Queensland architect’s of the 1950s. Born in Vienna, he was head architect in the Vienna office of Peter Behrens. Following the annexation of Austria, he came to Australia, together with his Jewish wife, art historian and critic, Gertrude Langer (1908-84), arriving in [...]

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